We believe there is one and only one living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, we believe all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. 


We believe man is the special creation of God, the crowning work of His creation. By his own choice, man disobeyed God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.


We believe salvation involves the redemption of man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.

The Church

We believe a New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Jesus Christ. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to church membership.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.

Contact Harold

129 4th Ave Buena Vista, Georgia 31803  |  contact@firstbaptistchurchbv.com  |  229-649-3854

Rev. Harold Grimsley believes God is the creator and sustainer of all things. Because God is sovereign, He is worthy of your love, honor, worship, and obedience. It is Harold's desire that everyone who attends First Baptist Church gains a better understanding of their relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. He preaches and teaches God's amazing Word of love, redemption, and salvation.

Harold comes from a long line of God's servants. His father, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather were all called by God to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Before being called to preach the Good News, Harold spent twenty-five years in the field of corporate security and investigations. He and his wife, Angie, have one daughter, Jamie.


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What We Teach and Believe

Since its founding in 1843, First Baptist Church of Buena Vista has been carrying out the Great Commission. Whether it is in our local community or in a mission field across the globe, FBC supports many endeavors to ensure the Good News is spread to the ends of the Earth. At its present location since the mid-1870s, First Baptist Church of Buena Vista stands as a historic representation of God's love and concern for His people. First Baptist Church reflects a long ministry of caring and serving in the name of Christ. 

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